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L'Assommoir (la taberna)

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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola is a powerful and gritty portrayal of life in 19th century Paris. The story follows the struggles of Gervaise, a laundress, as she tries to make a better life for herself and her family. Zola's vivid descriptions and realistic characters bring the world of the working class to life, showing the harsh realities of poverty, addiction, and social injustice.

The novel explores themes of ambition, betrayal, and the destructive power of alcohol. As Gervaise's life unravels, we see how her choices and circumstances lead to a tragic downfall. Zola's writing is both raw and unflinching, capturing the desperation and despair of his characters with haunting precision.

Overall, L'Assommoir is a compelling and thought-provoking read that delves deep into the human condition. Zola's vivid storytelling and social commentary make this novel a timeless classic that still resonates with readers today.

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Gervasia es planchadora y amante del sombrerero Lantier con quien tiene dos hijos, pero Lantier es vago y vividor lo que hace que Gervasia tome la decisión de abandonarle. Gervasia conoce a su vecino Coupeau que se muestra amable con ella y con sus hijos. Cuando Coupeau le propone matrimonio Gervasia, aunque duda, finalmente acepta casarse con él. Pero las cosas poco a poco se irán deteriorando; Coupeau cae en el alcoholismo y poco a poco arrastra a Gervasia a la bebida.

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